Are you wondering how you are going to get it all done? When the holidays arrive decorating, shopping, baking, volunteering and entertaining are added to an already hectic schedule. We’re here to help you meet the challenge.
Get time on your side
We’re usually good about using a calendar to schedule social events, but try using it to block out times for baking, decorating and shopping. Set priorities and consider less time consuming alternatives.
Make a list and check it twice
No wonder Santa has a list. They work like magic to keep track of who’s getting what, and how much you spend. Lists are also great for planning parties. Break larger tasks down into smaller lists. Keep the menu simple and know what to say when people ask “What can I bring?”
Reduce holiday clutter
As you decorate, go through your holiday décor and decide what no longer fits your style. Pitch broken items. If you haven’t used it in a couple of years, you probably don’t need it. When storing holiday decor, organize items in a way that saves time and allows you to complete it in stages – think room by room, outdoor and indoor, tree and non-tree decorations.
Consider holiday helpers
When time is at a premium, a little extra help can go a long way toward de-stressing your holidays. Outsource cleaning. Cater portions of your meal. Delegate tasks to family members. You can even hire companies who will install all your outdoor decorations. A professional organizer can help you with decorating and organizing your décor for easy access.
Extend the season
Sometimes you can’t get it all done in December. Don’t stress. Instead consider planning a party for January after life has slowed down a little.
Any time there is a lot to do, organizing skills can get you through. Working with a professional organizer can help you learn to better manage your time and resources. Tis always the season for organizing.
This post was originally posted in December 2013 and was updated